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What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 at 3:52 am.

Getting your routine professional dental cleanings twice a year is one of the best things you can do for your gum health. If, however, you have symptoms of gum disease, you may require a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing. This procedure is one of the most effective, nonsurgical methods to manage gum disease.

How Does Gum Disease Develop?

The leading cause of gum disease is the presence of plaque and tartar in your mouth, which can begin to cause gum inflammation called gingivitis. Early gum disease can usually be reversed through routine professional dental cleaning and proper oral hygiene care at home.

Gingivitis, if left untreated, can progress to periodontitis. The gums begin to pull away from your teeth, forming spaces called pockets, which provide a perfect hiding place for bacteria. The toxins from the bacteria, along with the body’s natural response to infection, begin breaking up the bone and tissue supporting the teeth, which can result in bone and tooth loss.

Preventative Dental Cleanings

Your preventative cleanings every six months are of utmost importance because removing any plaque or tartar buildup is the best way to prevent gum disease, leaving you with a clean and healthy smile. If, however, you have gum disease and the pockets between your gums and teeth are too deep, we will likely recommend scaling and root planing.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is a nonsurgical procedure designed to manage or even reverse gum disease if caught in its early stages. It involves deep cleaning between your gums and teeth, all the way to their roots.

Our dental hygienist will start with scaling, which involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below your gum line and also cleaning the pockets between your teeth. Root planing, on the other hand, involves smoothing out any rough areas on the tooth roots to promote gum reattachment to the teeth.

Periodontal Maintenance

We may recommend more frequent professional dental cleanings known as periodontal maintenance to manage your gum disease and prevent its progression. During your visits, we will clean your teeth and evaluate the condition of your gums. We encourage you to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and use an antibacterial mouthwash to keep your mouth clean and free of gum disease.

Scaling and Root Planing in Valencia, CA

Visit May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about scaling and root planing, along with our quality preventative dentistry services. Our highly trained and experienced team is committed to providing quality, gentle care designed to keep your smile clean and healthy for a lifetime. Call us today!

How Safe Are Teeth Whitening Trays?

How Safe Are Teeth Whitening Trays?

Posted on Thursday, December 26th, 2019 at 9:43 pm.

If you are in search of a solution to improve the appearance of stained and discolored teeth, you are not alone. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures today. May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry is proud to offer safe whitening options with dramatic results. Are you ready for a bright, dazzling smile?

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Factors such as age, some foods and drinks, tobacco use, certain medications and illnesses, tartar, excessive fluoridation while the teeth were developing, and experiencing trauma can all contribute to staining or discoloration of your teeth. Teeth whitening procedures can help lift most stains and improve the appearance of your smile.

Teeth whitening involves applying a carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide-based solution to the surfaces of discolored teeth. The bleach will break up the stains, making the color less concentrated, and resulting in a whiter, brighter smile. 

In- office Whitening

You can have your teeth whitened at the Dental office. During that visit, your Dentist isolates your gums and prepares the whitening gel. The gel is typically activated by a blue light, laser or a catalyst mixed into it at the time of bleaching. The gel is kept on for three to four 15-20 minute sessions. The results are instant and you leave with a whiter brighter smile.

Custom-Fit Whitening Trays

The most popular way to dramatically whiten your teeth is the at-home method using custom-fit trays. The procedure typically requires two dental appointments. During your initial visit, we will make impressions of your teeth to fabricate your custom clear plastic trays. During a follow-up appointment, we will provide you with your customized trays, a professional-grade whitening solution, and care instructions. You will need to wear the trays with the bleaching solution for 30 minutes to an hour daily for two weeks. You’ll be amazed at the incredible whitening results!

Over the Counter Whitening Trays

You can purchase over-the-counter teeth whitening trays to help with stained teeth. However, these are not as effective as those provided through your dentist. Moreover, there are risks associated with do-it-yourself (DIY) whitening, so we highly recommend that you opt for professional whitening at May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry.

How Safe Are Teeth Whitening Trays?

Teeth whitening trays have been shown to be safe when used under the care of a dental professional. You may experience mild tooth sensitivity or gum irritation, but these are just temporary side effects that will subside soon after the bleaching process.

Maintaining Your Whitening Results

After whitening your teeth, they are still susceptible to staining from certain foods and beverages like berries, tea, and coffee. Rinsing your mouth or brushing your teeth after eating or drinking will keep staining agents from discoloring your teeth. You may need occasional whitening treatments to keep your teeth looking their best. 

Teeth Whitening in Valencia, CA

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about teeth whitening using custom-fitted trays. Our exceptional team is committed to delivering quality, reliable, and friendly dentistry every time you walk through our doors. Call us and schedule your appointment today.

How Does My Overall Health Affect My Oral Health?

How Does My Overall Health Affect My Oral Health?

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at 10:14 am.

Did you know that your overall health can adversely affect your oral health? Certain health conditions or the medications used to manage them can directly impact the health of your mouth. We, at May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry, are committed to helping you maintain a healthy smile in the face of any challenges you may be facing. We are here for you every step of the way.

Following are some conditions that may affect your oral health.

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux (GERD) increases the risk of tooth erosion resulting from stomach acid dissolving the tooth enamel. If you experience reflux episodes, rinse thoroughly to reduce the acid in your mouth. Avoid brushing your teeth right away, because the bristles can damage your enamel that is softened by the acid.

Diabetes

Diabetes and periodontal (gum) disease have a two-way relationship. The inflammation from periodontal disease may impair the body’s ability to utilize insulin, the hormone that converts sugar to energy, and high blood sugar provides the ideal condition for gum infection to flourish. Managing each of these conditions will reflect positively on the other. Diabetes can cause dry mouth, slow healing of mouth sores, and can increase the risk of cavities and infections of the mouth.

Cancer

More than a third of cancer patients experience oral health problems. Cancer treatments weaken the immune system, making the mouth susceptible to infection. Cancer patients often report mouth sores, dry mouth, sensitive gums, and jaw pain.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis causes the bones to weaken and become brittle, which could lead to bone loss in your jaws. Moreover, some of the medications used to manage osteoporosis can cause problems in the jawbones.

Other Health Conditions

Additional conditions that may affect your oral health include high blood pressure, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), thyroid problems, HIV/AIDS, iron deficiency, eating disorders, and more.

Safeguarding Your Oral Health

If you have a chronic condition, or if you are at risk for one, you need to take meticulous care of your mouth. Make sure to brush at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, consume a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, refrain from the use of tobacco products, and schedule your regular dental exams and cleanings twice a year.

Quality Dental Care in Valencia, CA

Visit May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about maintaining your healthy smile. Our exceptional team is committed to providing the best care possible to ensure that you enjoy optimal oral health regardless of any health conditions. We invite you to experience dental care at its best. Call us today!

What Are Implant Supported Dentures?

What Are Implant Supported Dentures?

Posted on Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 10:10 am.

Are you in search of a stable and comfortable restorative dentistry solution to replace missing teeth? If so, implant-supported dentures may be just what you need. These restorations are sturdy and secure, and function like your natural teeth. Talk to your trusted team at May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to find out if implant-supported dentures are right for you.

What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are types of overdentures that are held in place by titanium dental implants, unlike their conventional counterparts that rest on the gums. The dentures come with special attachments that snap onto the implants, allowing you to remove them while providing you with stability and the confidence that they will stay in place.

What Are the Types of Implant-Supported Dentures?

The two main types of implant-supported dentures are bar-retained and ball-retained dentures. Both types of dentures come with acrylic bases that are designed to look like your gums, with porcelain or acrylic artificial teeth attached to the bases.

Bar-retained dentures require two or more implants, which support a thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw. The dentures are fitted to the bar and use attachment fixtures to clip them securely in place. Ball-retained dentures, however, involve ball-shaped metal attachments secured to the implants that fit into attachments placed on your dentures. That provides comfort, security, and stability.

Why Choose Implant-Supported Dentures?

The most significant benefit of implant-supported dentures is the stimulation they provide to the jawbone. When tooth roots go missing, the jawbone begins to deteriorate and shrink. Implants are the only restorations available that preserve the jaw bone, helping it maintain its shape and strength. Traditional dentures usually require regular adjustment and relining to accommodate the changes that take place in the jaw. Implant-supported dentures, however, will likely never need any adjustment, saving you time and money over the years.

Implant-supported dentures are incredibly secure and comfortable and do not require the use of dental adhesives, pastes, or powders. They look like your natural teeth and allow you to chew and speak with ease. Best of all, you’ll restore your youthful, confident smile. With proper care, your implant-supported dentures can last a lifetime!

Implant Supported Dentures In Valencia, CA

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry, to learn more about restoring your missing teeth using implant-supported dentures. We are committed to delivering quality, durable restorations using the latest technology and techniques. We look forward to helping you smile with confidence once again. Call us and schedule your appointment today!

How Long Will I Need to Wait for a Dental Implant After an Extraction?

How Long Will I Need to Wait for a Dental Implant After an Extraction?

Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2019 at 7:33 pm.

Congratulations on your decision to replace your missing tooth using a dental implant. Implants are the best and most stable restorations available, with remarkable looking and feeling results. What determines how long you will wait for your implant after extraction depends on how much bone and tissue structures are present. After taking a 3D scan of the area, we will be able to determine the length of your treatment. 

Immediate Placement

If you have sufficient bone present around the extraction site to stabilize the dental implant, we may be able to place an implant immediately after removing your tooth. The implant will fuse to the bone in a process called osseointegration over 3-6 months, after which we will place your prosthetic crown. Implants fully restore a tooth’s form and function, delivering incredible results.

Early Placement

Early implant placement refers to placing the implant 2-3 months after extraction, during which the bone heals, and the site is better prepared. Early implants must be placed within this timeframe since two-thirds of bone resorption occurs within the first three months after extraction. Once again, we will need to wait for the implant to heal and bond with the bone before placing the prosthetic tooth, which usually requires 3-6 additional months. 

Delayed Placement

If you have an insufficient amount of bone at the extraction site, we may first need to perform bone grafting before placing the implant. After the procedure, you may require 3-6 months to heal, and then the area will be ready for the implant. You will need to wait an additional 3-6 months before being fitted with your permanent prosthetic crown.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

While the procedure may be lengthy, the results are well worth the wait and the effort. Implants are the best available alternatives to healthy, natural teeth. They are stable and durable, offering a permanent solution to restore a missing tooth’s look, feel, and function. Implants are the only restorations available that help preserve the bone because they act just like natural tooth roots. With proper care, your dental implants have the potential of lasting a lifetime.

Quality Dental Implants in Valencia, CA

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry, to learn more about restoring your missing teeth using dental implants. We are here to answer all your questions and to determine your best treatment options depending on your unique condition. With our commitment to utilizing the best technology and techniques, you can trust that your smile is in capable hands. Call us and schedule your appointment today!